Bully! Porter | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The intense flavors of dark-roasted malt in Boulevard’s rendition of the classic English porter are perfectly balanced by a generous and complex hop character. Bully! Porter’s robust nature makes it the ideal companion to a variety of foods, from seafood to chocolate.

49 IBU

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 537 | Ratings: 1,174
Photo of BeerWithMike
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 1/23/14. Had this once before about 2 years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark amber/almost black with ruby highlights in color with almost a 2-finger beige head. Does settle down to a thin head. Spotty lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is mostly of dark coffee and hits you right up front with a hind of chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same with more chocolate coming through that leaves a bitter finish because of it. Perfect carbonation that isn't over done. Over a decent porter.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is dark brown with some ruby highlights. It is topped with three inches of frothy, mocha head.

S - I get some chocolate and earthy, nutty aromas. There is also some roasted malt.

T - The taste has some cocoa flavor. It has a bitter chocolate finish.

M - It is very smooth and creamy and fairly full.

O - I think this is a good interpretation of an English porter.

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Photo of jroberts8811
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours deep amber/black. Tan one finger head.
S- coffee, chocolate, raisin, dark fruit, sweet malt. Slight banana ester
T- roast all, slight bitterness
M- medium to full, creamy and filling.
O- glad I tried this again. Will try again (when founders is unavailable)

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Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1" tan colored head. The head falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: mild coffee aroma with some roasted malt sweetness.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, some earthy tones, a bit of dark chocolate, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: an enjoyable porter that fits the bill when you are looking for the style. Easy to consume, a definte sessionable beer.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a thick, light-oak hued head. Damn near impenetrable by light. Retention is great as is lacing. Spot on for the style!

Rich, roasted malts give off a nice blend of caramel and coffee. Notes of lactose and molasses provide a subtle sweetness. It's simple. It's good.

More bitter than the nose would leave you to believe. A nice bouquet of earthy hops hits you up front and are washed away by semi-sweet, but bitter, espresso. Some nutty characters in the finish, mostly almond.

Medium body. Light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish. Could definitely be a bit smoother, but doesn't ruin the experience.

Another solid entry from the crew in KCMO. Easy to drink, although a bit heavy and dry-finishing to consume multiple in one sitting. Sip it nice and slow and at a chilled, not cold temperature, and you'll thank me later.

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Photo of Pyramid_Head
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly and Boulevard hold an unusual place in my heart. I live in a town more or less right between Saint Louis and Kansas City, like both of the cities, so deciding on a preferred brand between them is hard. Not just because they're both very decent breweries, they both introduced me to the wonderful world of dark beer in very different ways. With Schlafly it was the Schwarzbier, or black lager, the first time i had a lager that wasn't bland and spineless. But a lucky whim buy of a Boulevard sampler pack let me try this.

Bully! Porter was my first porter. In retrospect it's a very good straight porter, while it isn't overly complex it still has the roastiness, bitterness, and silken mouthfeel that makes porters such a delightful drink to me. It's a great starter for people curious about dark beers and a sentimental favorite for someone who is an old man in spirit.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a mug.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Mocha, roasted malts, a little yeasty sourness, smoke, and molasses. It smells very traditional and standard with other English porters.

Taste: Burnt molasses, yeasty sourness, a little acidic, smoke, roasted, and chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and smokey bitterness.

Overall: The smokiness of the beer became more bearable as I drank the beer. Still an enjoyable and traditional with the style.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark almost black with a fluffy kakhi head. Decent retention. Good lacing. Good amount of visible carbonation if you look at it right

Smells of typical porter fare. Dark and milk chocolate. Roasted barley. Coffee. Toffee and a hint of brown sugar

Tastes like black coffee and dark chocolate. A bit of sugary sweetness a la toffee or perhaps lactose. Very roasty. Leaning towards the bitter side but very pleasant. Earthy hop finish

Feels full bodied and smooth. There is a spicy bite from the carbonation but not much. Slightly coating

Overall an enjoyable porter. Pretty well-balanced. Lots of flavor but typical for the style. On par with other porters around its price ($10 for a six) maybe even a little better. Worth a try

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bully! pours a black color with a large fluffy head. There is a yeasty aroma with smokey undertones. The taste is a bit light, but has smokey flavors, as well as a roasted malty backbone, and finishes with a yeasty like nip. Flavors are a bit watery, and a strangeish aftertaste. Overall its a porter with

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Photo of Jekyll
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this one caught me off guard. My experience with boulevard has mostly been on the wheat side and the single wide double wide etc side. Was not expecting a food quality offering. Excellent porter and one I got from a mix pack so I will definitely be checking this out in a sixes to explore more. Pours smooth with just the right amount of head. Smells amazing with the usual porter characteristics including a very subtle hop scent that translates well into the flavor profile as well. Only complaint was it was a little too thin in the mouthfeel department but other than that an excellent offering.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours dark dark brown to black with a small tan head.

Aroma is full of roast, coffee, and dark malts. No hops are perceptible.

The first sip the roast and malt hit you. There are notes of coffee and roast with a little bit of a bitter malt finish.

The mouthfeel is good and typical for a proter. Medium in body.

Overall it is an enjoyable porter. Nothing spectacular but good for the style.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 06/17/2013. My sixth and final beer to try from the Boulevard sampler twelve pack.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Two fingers of fluffy tan head on top of a dark dark brown, almost black colored body. Ruby hue when held to the light. Not amazing looking, but typical appearance for a porter. Big sheets of thin wispy lacing.

S - Smell is of roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and toasted malts. An underwhelming smell for a porter, also.

T - Light coffee bean roast, chocolate, & hops in the background. Nothing too out of the ordinary for a porter, just not as intense and defined as some better examples of the style.

M - Carbonated, medium bodied, with lingering coffee bean / hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall, another decent year-round beer from Boulevard, but nothing extraordinary, and not breaking any new ground. Nicely balanced, and well-made, a beer well worth trying. Probably the best year-round offering from Boulevard, and my favorite of the six beers featured in the variety pack.

Boulevard Bully! Porter ---4/5

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Photo of JMad
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The liquid is a very dark brown color with a lofty tan colored head with rocky bubble formations.

Smells of dark chocolate, molasses with a hint of coffee and some herbal hop aroma. The taste is full of roasted malt and bitter coffee grinds, brown sugar and the finish has a nice pine hop flavor. It has a medium body with sparkling carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Solid porter in my opinion, it has a nice range of flavor and I wouldn't mind knocking back a few more.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown, crowned with a massive, dense tan head, which excellent retention. Belgian-style lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Roasted malt and smoky notes dominate the aroma. There is a very modest herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Opens with a fairly intense wave of roasted malt, and bitter cocoa. These flavors carry throughout the taste. Late in the taste, there is a slightly acidic cold coffee flavor, and a substantial charcoal presence. Finishes with a lingering burnt note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant, with a little stinging carbonatoin.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a short, twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry -off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of JedBeerLoverKroon
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This brew is dark and beautiful, yielding dark amber hues when help up to the light but mostly black. Thick smooth head forms when poured.

Smell- Biscuity and malty in nature, the smell hints at the chocolaty delight to come. Aroma also hints at nuttiness.

Taste- Amazingly complex flavor here, mostly chocolate maltiness but some swigs reveal fruityness. Just the right amount of bitterness for this type of brew. Extremely well balanced with rich body. It glides across the tongue.

Overall this is an amazing brew that can be drank anytime of day. It was a perfect breakfast choice and now as I drink it late at night it shows its appeal there too. I would highly recommend this brew as an example of the quality beer that Boulevard puts out. Thanks Boulevard!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan foam head. No retention, spotty lace.

Coffee, dark roasted malt, some cocoa, and even a little maple in the nose. As the brew settles, chocolate becomes very pronounced.

Malt first, with coffee and some dark sweet notes. Clears to a moderate bitterness, with long lingering bitterness and a pucker at the finish. In the middle of all of that is some brown bread and a little touch of tartness.

Medium bodied, astringent -- which is a a bit odd for this style. Mouth dries out, and makes you want a glass of water, not more beer.

Overall, good brew. Tasty and enough complexities to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a very deep clear brown that you can see through when held up to light. Has a big cappuccino colored head that lingers on and also leaves lacing. Aroma is mostly alcohol sweetness. The taste has more complexity, with some nice roasted malt flavor, a little coffee and a hint of bitterness on the finish. Has a little bit of carbonation but is mostly smooth and has a nice mouthfeel. An above average porter. Not mind-blowing, but solid.

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Photo of 94Sip
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Overall this was not my favorite style of porter, but I do not like overly hopped beers in general, and especially hoppy porters/stouts. This was very similar to the Deschuttes Black Butte porter which I also did not like.

Serving was a bottle in the last month of freshness date.

A: typical brown with a quickly dissipating mocha head. Within 1 minute there was not head and no lace.

Smell - could smell the hops and citrusy flavors

Taste: as mentioned, just too hoppy for my tastes, and not nearly enough of the coffe, toffees, or chocolates that I prefer in a porter/stout

Mouthfeel: very carbonated and thin.

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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a black body that has just a few slivers of brown around the very edges. A light tan head forms to a huge size, several fingers high with great retention. Cap falls to a puffy ring and cloud on the beer leaving thick, randomly shaped patches of lace.

S- Lightly roasted malts and caramel off the top. Notes of cocoa, toasted nuts and some dark fruits. Slightly buttery and a malty Porter overall.

T- Biggest difference I know here is a nice smoky aspect adds a good complexity to the malts. Roasty cocoa and caramel are big but not too decadent. Toasted nut and dark fruit hints round it all out nicely.

MF- Creamy consistency to a moderately thick body. Carbonation is high but goes nicely with the malt profile and everything feels smooth.

Got a 6 pack of this for $12 dollars and I am happy with my decision. This Porter is light enough to drink anytime but also delivers a satisfying roast malt character.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black, couple lighter brown edges, dark tan head, 3 fingers, frothy, lacy.

Aroma: soft roast, mild dry chocolate, coffee roast, grassy hints

Taste: roasted malt, cocoa powder, light roasted coffee, toffee, dry, subtle hop touch.

***Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but carbonation is good. Nothing too far-reaching here, but it's well rounded and drinkable. Solid year-round offering.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with ruby and purple highlights. The sandy colored head is very creamy and pillowy. Excellent retention, the head doesn't budge an inch. Sheets of lacing paint the sides of the glass.

S: Floral and citrus hop bouquet. Orange peel and lemon zest. Green and oily. Malt scents of soot and charcoal, wet grain, bakers chocolate, and a touch of bread crust. Very hop-forward on the nose, even for an American porter.

T: A heavy dose of charcoal and soot kick things off. Roasty, woody, and smoky. A sharp kick of citric hops bring orange peel, orange marmalade, and lemon candy squarely into the spotlight. Hops shift and go oily and green. Roasted malt tastes make a resurgence as tastes of chocolate cake and molasses come to the forefront. There's some burnt malt acidity as well. Finishes with a strong sooty pull that lingers for some time.

M: Medium bodied. Full and creamy. Small-bubbled carbonation is slightly aggressive and has some scrubbing action. Light astringency. Comes off a bit foamy.

O: A nice enough Robust porter. Boulevard wasn't shy with the hopping. The expected roasted malt tastes are forced to share the spotlight, and the hops even get the better of the tilt at times.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, cocoa, and BOSCO

Taste: roasted and toasted malt, earthy hoppiness, leather, dark chocolate, and slight tobacco

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, high carbonation, sweet a semi-dry bitter end

Overall: a nice and full porter. Slightly above average of the rest, but nothing I would go out of my way for unlike several of Boulevard's other offerings.

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Photo of dlello2
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a relatively fresh bottle from Boulevard. Poured with a decent few fingers of head. Quite sweet and low alcohol, but the powdered chocolate sweetness was cut by a nice hop addition. The taste was nice, just missing the coffee and roast I like in porters. Overall a decent beer that I'd seek out again--would be curious as to what will happen to this with time.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Tons of awesome head, wider than a thumb, that lasts for a few drinks…a rich, dark brown, with creamy khaki colored head, this is the look of a good porter…(4/5)

Smell: A mild smelling beer…definitely malt aromas, with the chocolate, coffee, and subtle vanilla flavors playing a shared backseat role…(3.5/5)

Taste: Awesome! Chocolate, caramel and coffee combine cohesively creating constant contentment…Citrus hops carries the flavor through with a bit of bitterness lingering after each sip…their malts are a great conveyor for other flavors…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, fully coats my tongue with creamy (vanilla) malt flavor…rich, leaves a lasting impression of goodness…(4/5)

Overall: I like this beer…porters are always a favorite of mine and this is another good player in the game…it doesn’t stand out, but it is very enjoyable…I will keep this in the rotation from time to time…(3.75/5)

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Photo of BillyPirate
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Attractive deep beige head of moderate duration with ample lacing. Opaque with reddish hues.

S- Noticeably unpleasant and aggressive bouquet reminiscent of cough syrup. Tends to undermine the subsequent flavor.

T- Rich molasses/espresso notes conveying a complexity so distinct it can almost be described as inconsistent (yet enjoyable overall).

M- Nicely chewy, easily drinkable.

O- Aside from the aromatic issues, this is a wonderful representation of the style and I highly recommend it as a session beer.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,174 ratings